a finely corded fabric of cotton, rayon, silk, or wool, for dresses, draperies, etc.

1700–10; < French popeline, earlier papeline < Italian papalina, feminine of papalino papal; so called from being made at the papal city of Avignon. See papal, -ine1

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To poplin
World English Dictionary
poplin (ˈpɒplɪn)
a.  a strong fabric, usually of cotton, in plain weave with fine ribbing, used for dresses, children's wear, etc
 b.  (as modifier): a poplin shirt
[C18: from French papeline, perhaps from Poperinge, a centre of textile manufacture in Flanders]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1710, from Fr. papeline "cloth of fine silk and worsted" (1667), probably from Prov. papalino, fem. of papalin "of or belonging to the pope," from M.L. papalis "papal." The reference is to Avignon, papal residence during the schism 1309-1408 (and regarded as a papal town until 1791), which also was a
center of silk manufacture. Influenced in Eng. by Poperinghe, town in Flanders where the fabric was made (but from 18c. the primary source was Ireland).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Britannica


strong fabric produced by the rib variation of the plain weave and characterized by fine, closely spaced, crosswise ribs. It is made with heavier filling yarns and a greater number of warp yarns and is similar to broadcloth, which has even finer, more closely spaced ribs

Learn more about poplin with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Except, instead of a jersey, he's wearing a poplin dress shirt.
The silky cotton poplin fabric is magnificently rain-resistant.
Shirt, steel grey poplin with shoulder straps and pleated pockets.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature